Hipster Salmon Telnoye: Updating a Stodgy Classic

A visitor from the United States recently asked me what was the most exciting thing about living in Russia. I could tell she was expecting me to talk about seeing The Nutcracker at the Bolshoi, the Olympics thingy, or maybe something about the mysteries of The Great Russian Soul. Of course, I disappointed her. My milestones are all culinary. “Unlimited quantities of affordable salmon,” I answered promptly.